Introduction - Chapter 1 - The College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration - 2nd Edition
Winslow Christian, Formerly, Justice of the California Court of Appeals (now deceased)
June R. Lehrman, Esq., Los Angeles, California
James M. Gaitis is the former Director of the International Dispute Resolution and Management Programme at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland, where he continues to serve as a member of the Global Faculty.
Curtis E. von Kann, Since 1997 he has been a full-time arbitrator, mediator, and neutral case evaluator in the Washington, DC office of JAMS, where he has served as sole arbitrator, tribunal member, and tribunal chair in a broad range of xxviii Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration commercial arbitrations. Judge von Kann is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, a member of the Distinguished Neutrals Roster of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), and Immediate Past President of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and has lectured and published on many ADR topics. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the first edition of the College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration.
The origins of arbitration in America date back to the colonial era when individuals involved in certain areas of commerce sought alternatives to judicial processes that were seen to be expensive, slow, and unpredictable in outcome. The arbitrator was usually a nonlawyer experienced in the line of trade in which the dispute arose. Simple procedure was agreed on by the parties. Stakes were generally modest. Proceedings were informal and short. Judicial involvement was not significant.